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The Gay Marriage Debate: A Possible Solution
There has been raging in the USA a debate over gay rights and marriage. In this debate sides have been taken and lines have been drawn. States have taken sides and the federal government has taken a neutral stance, although we are not certain how long that will last. Some people argue that each state should decide for itself whether gay marriage should be allowed. Others say that there should be an over all ruling on whether this should be allowed or banned.
Until recently, I have been on the side in favor of each state making the choice, but recent events have brought this view into question. This issue is deeply rooted in morality and the possible effects that such a decision can have on our society. I am opposed to gay marriage, and the article linked below by a friend will give some of the reasons why, but I have to ask a question. Is there a better way?
The Debate, the Anger. Is there a solution?
The Issue of Equality
Currently, under the law of the majority of states, homosexual couples are not recognized nor given any of the tax benefits that heterosexual couples enjoy. I understand there are those who object to homosexual behavior because of the life style and the moral implications (which I agree with) but that does not mean that we have the right to force them not to have those relations as consenting adults. Hate the sin, not the sinner is a phrase I hear often, but I digress, this is not the point I intend to make.
The fact is that under the law, we have an issue of segregation. This is not based off of the color of any person's skin, but rather based of sexual orientation. This is against the law and what I personally stand for. Preferential treatment is wrong, no matter who it is for. I get angry when another is given preferential treatment based off the fact that my heritage comes from Europe while his or hers is from Africa, South America or any other number of places. The same holds true in the reverse for me and applies to ALL situation. Equality is not something I pay lip service to only when it serves my personal gain. There needs to be a solution to this problem when it relates to homosexual marriage and I do not think legalizing homosexual marriage is that solution. But, I think there is a solution which will satisfy almost everyone!
My solution is quite simple. Do not have any tax benefits for heterosexual couples. As the tax laws currently exist, currently single people are at a disadvantage, not to mention the aforementioned issue with homosexuals. This does not eliminate tax benefits for people with children and should not affect family law as it currently exists. In this way, most, if not all, of the people on either side of the issue will be appeased. We will not have to attempt to redefine marriage. Yes there are those die hards on either side of the line that are for all or nothing. But in the end, there will always be someone who is not happy. At least with this solution people like myself do not have to change our moral beliefs while people such as some of my co-workers will have equal protection and representation under the law. We have a revolution over taxation, why should be deny or with hold benefits from one group while giving it to another. If tax law sees people as individuals, then at least part of this issue is resolved.
- The secular case against same-sex marriage
The push for gay marriage founders on the reality that it is about gays playing at heterosexuality.
- The gay marriage debate in New Jersey | The Star-Ledger Archives - NJ.com
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